For the most part and because of our warm and sunny climate, most businesses in LA don’t think twice about protecting themselves from the natural disasters that have been going on around the rest of the county.
Beyond the certain segment of our clients who really take the concept of Business Continuity seriously, really, the biggest "blip" in interest in this topic I've seen recently was because of the anniversary of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. And even that was just a blip.
However, seeing how Hurricane Sandy impacted small businesses on the east coast really should force business owners to reconsider how they can better protect their business from natural disasters. Weather-proofing your business is by no means the only reason to move to the cloud, but it certainly is a benefit.
At least moving towards a properly executed Backup & Disaster Recovery Solution hosted in the cloud should be a minimum for ensuring the continuity of your business in the event of a disaster.
While Cloud computing allows employees to access all of their files and programs from any device with an Internet connection, having a solid Business Continuity plan utilizing the Cloud can accomplish the same thing during a disaster and is imperative to consider.
With Cloud computing, all of your data is stored and backed-up in a data center as opposed to in an onsite server closet or individual computers. With FPA's Backup & Disaster Recovery Solution utilizing the Cloud for the offsite storage portion you actually get the best of both worlds - security and performance of your on-premise solution with the capability of running from the Cloud in the event of a disaster.
Certain businesses were completely shut down by Hurricane Sandy. However, those businesses in the cloud could operate as usual and those utilizing the technology in FPA's Backup & Disaster Recovery Solution could as well. We saw thousands of businesses utilizing our same solution able to function with minimal interruption during the disaster.
While we hope to never have to deal with this situation, seeing it in action is proof positive that it's well worth the investment and should be part of every business' Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan.